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The best thing potentially about God is perhaps his omnipresent nature. This means he valuable to those who know him intimately. For someone needing foresight, he can prove very useful. For example, Genesis 31 begins with Jacob discussing how God had favoured him and given him much of the substance of Laban. He proceeds to tell the story of how God by a dream instructed him of his blessings. This was something he knew before he even spoke to Laban about deciding his wages. God is past, present and future for us. He is whatever we need him to be. God instructed Jacob to pick the right cattle and he also told Jacob to go back to his homeland at the right time also. The present man Jacob was blessed with future awareness and this excelled him in his circumstance. I can testify of many times the god of the future has testified to me of things oncoming and how this gave me the opportunity to position myself in great stead.
We see these occurrences timely in the scripture and time and time again. The believer should also be able to testify of these things because God is just portraying his nature when he does so.
Moving on to another piece of text, lets use Joseph who was in prison as a case study. A few chapters on in Genesis 41, we see how from being in prison one day, the next he was the governor of the Egyptians. God had showed the people a dream and he was the only man found able to unlock the code from God. Everywhere but Egypt was famished and this made Egypt the place to be. People would come, increasing the demand for bread, meaning the price went up. Joseph, through God’s leading, positioned himself and the nation under his government in the best possible position. The God of the future helped the present man and took him from poverty and imprisonment, to wealth, respect and riches.
Jacob and his son Joseph both had intimate relationships with God and it was made known through there actions and their harvest.
Being a Christian I have found it hard to not stand out in common societal beliefs. It is part of life. Most people go against what I believe in. Some changes I have made have been hard but they definitely have been needed. Sort of like Moses being a prince in Egypt but realizing temporal wealth was far greater for the lay person than for someone who knew his maker (Hebrews 11:24-26). Leaving your nation is no small feet, all he had known for years, respect he had earned. When I made decisions to stop listening to particular types of music, certain TV programmes, speak a certain way and many other changes, my nation changed. Some people didn’t contact me anymore, I didn’t contact others. It would have been easy in some senses to move to another place. Eventually when I moved away from the area I grew up in, it was hard but I did not focus on the negatives for long. God steadied me and I accepted and I began to enjoy the fact, I did not know anyone and other benefits.
I don’t like change naturally but I know it is essential to growth, never being content in stagnation, but knowing moving forward is vital. Some of my greatest successes came from me changing and moving.
What I do know is life is more important to me than death. Life for me includes what happens after we leave Earth and what happens in eternity. I asked someone today, If they were told to leave their location because they were warned the city would be attacked and destroyed, would they leave and if so, what to take. I wont disclose their answers but I will give you the gist of my answer. My answer included no more than three items and they all ensured I could continue my call from God. In crunch situations, importance counts. When Lot was being evacuated from Sodom and Gomorrah, what do you think he took? Due to the pace of evacuation, one man could not take much. Remember, Lot came to Sodom and Gomorrah rich and I am sure he dwelled there even richer. However when he left, he left with potentially nothing. He had his life and two daughters. I say this is better than dying and also better than forsaking God. Riches can be returned, life can’t.
Change is hard for me but God is more important. This is why I try to change for God everyday…
It is now 2013 and I want to set out a warning from day one. Many people for several different reasons like to live in the past. Whether they had good times in 2012, or they just can’t be bothered to progress further and their peak pace, people find themselves still looking back as they move forward. It doesn’t need science to explain and you can clearly see for yourself with a short demonstration. Stand and walk a few steps forward, focusing on what is in front of you and then do it again looking over your shoulder. The level of effort needed to do the latter is much more. We don’t need to even think about the past in that regard because we make and define our future by what we do today.
2012 is over so we don’t even need to think about it. The time to review should have come and gone. Now focusing on the task at hand what did you say you would do this year? I don’t want to dwell on past failures, I want to captivate myself, thinking, believing and making my future the present. All the time we spend speaking about others, talking about our pasts, merely slows us down and stops us from using the momentum we create. I used to find every year started the same…Empty promises which usually ended within the first weeks or month. This was because I continued to focus on past attempts and not changing my future. Don’t make this year the same because I am not…
Happy New Year
I made a decision a few weeks ago to stop using spell checker. The reason being is, I found countless times that my work was filled with errors. These were errors the programme which is spell checker could not understand as errors, and it started to make me think, I can’t keep on relying on it. It is the same old principle, “You only know what you will deliver, you really can not rely on others.”
Checking for errors in your work is something we should all do. Instead of pressing F7 at the end of an article, and waiting to see all the red lines disappearing, go through your work and correct the mistakes, and there will be some. I remember reading over some previous work and seeing some simple stupid mistakes and saying to myself “How could you do this?” The reason I could do this I said to myself is “I did not go over my work and I trusted in something which was created by an imperfect person.” Due to this truth it would in fact have imperfections. A brief read through work after writing only takes a few moments, having much greater reward for you. I know myself, I very much dislike reading and finding mistakes on websites, it seems so unprofessional. I can’t potentially imagine what people were doing when they read my work. I picture faces cringing in despair.
Take time and proof.